Democrats Support Troops, Screw Over Bloggers
Matt Stoler has given up on Congressional Democrats, deciding that, “It’s pretty obvious at this point that the Democratic leadership isn’t serious about ending the war in Iraq. They won’t defund the war, and keep repeating the meme that cutting off funding for the war means cutting off funding for the troops.” As a result, “they are screwing over us, who voted them into office to end the war, and we’re enabling them with cheerleading.”
He thinks it may be time for the Netroots to start working to defeat these people in the primaries for their betrayal. While I would be happy to have the Netroots defeat electable Democrats in the primaries, replacing them with Ned Lamont types, I find it rather odd that Stoler had such high hopes. After all, almost none of the 2006 winners who shifted the balance of power in Congress–by definition replacing Republicans in those seats–did so on a platform of quick withdrawal from Iraq.
Further, even if there were a unanimous consensus among Congressional Democrats to call of the war right now, the institutional arrangement of our government would preclude it. A minority of forty senators could filibuster and deny the Democrats a victory. If they could peel off enough Republicans to get past that (ten, with Senator Tim Johnson being incapacitated) President Bush could veto it, requiring two-thirds votes in both Houses to override.
Let’s just say we’re not there yet. And, certainly, that fact doesn’t constitute “screwing over” liberal bloggers.